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Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

Stores resort to early sales

Britain's retailers are resorting to early sales to lure shoppers discouraged from spending by economic gloom and the wet summer.

Kate and William give UK wine a boost

British wine has enjoyed a surge in foreign sales after home-grown wine was served at the royal wedding, right, a currency broker said.

Hi-tech manufacturing booms for now but economic uncertainty clouds outlook

Business is booming in Britain's hi-tech manufacturing sector, but concerns over the economic outlook are putting the brakes on investment, according to a survey published today.

Fascin-hater! Cheap replicas infuriate hat man Philip Treacy

Milliner behind the fascinator revival lays into high street imitations

Retail sales 'fizzling out'

Retail sales have "fizzled out" in recent weeks and will remain under pressure for some time to come, a gloomy survey from the CBI has warned.

Remortgages down as rate fears ease

Britain's banks have reported a big drop-off in remortgaging activity as expectations of interest rate rises begin to fade.

Derek Walcott: Of poetry, prizes and post-colonialism

Derek Walcott, the winner of this year's TS Eliot prize, talks to Rob Sharp about why Britain means little to him

Mortgage lending rose by 12% in May

Mortgage lending rose by 12% in May as demand recovered following a run of bank holidays and the royal wedding the previous month, figures showed today.

Tinie Tempah wants to inspire youngsters

Tinie Tempah wants to break the US market so he can "inspire" youngsters to work hard.

JLS want to sing at Olympics

JLS want to perform at the 2012 Olympics.

Leading article: Rebel with a cause

Brian Haw, whose death was announced yesterday, was a stubborn eccentric in the best English tradition. The one-man peace camp he pitched on Parliament Square 10 years ago soon became a place of pilgrimage for thousands and something of a tourist attraction in its own right. Mostly, though, it was what he had intended it to be: a mighty irritant, slap in front of the seat of national government, and a noisy, scruffy and colourful challenge to the war-waging tendencies of three prime ministers.

Premier Farnell will struggle to impress

Our view: Avoid

Alarm as food sales slump

Rising prices and weak demand caused sales volumes in Britain's food stores to slump more than 3% over the last year.

Trading 'toughest in 30 years' – Sainsbury's boss

Sainsbury's had robust performances from its clothing and homewares ranges and convenience stores to thank for an improvement in its first-quarter sales, although these were lower than City forecasts.

Sainsbury's hails solid sales performance

Sainsbury's hailed a solid sales performance in a challenging environment today as it benefited from Easter, the royal wedding and record-breaking weather.

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